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Are you the parent of a child with a disability? Did you know that medical malpractice could be the cause?

Was your child's birth injury caused by nature or medical malpractice? We can investigate.

Our law firm concentrates on the litigation of birth injuries nationwide. With an OBGYN, labor/delivery nurse and other experienced medical and legal professionals representing your rights, the MEDLAW Legal Team offers families and children the resources and experience necessary to successfully litigate healthcare negligence claims.

Our medical malpractice attorneys focus on the representation of families whose children have developed a disability as a result of negligent medical care.

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Cerebral Palsy Facts
 
  • 20% of children diagnosed with congenital cerebral palsy developed CP due to a brain injury during the birthing process.
     
  • Approx. 765,000 children and adults in the United States manifest one or more of the signs of cerebral palsy.
     
  • 8,000 - 10,000 babies and infants are diagnosed annually with cerebral palsy.
     
  • Cerebral palsy is identified in 1,200 - 1,500 preschool age children each year.
     
  • Cerebral palsy is the second most common neurological impairment in childhood.
     

  • Spasticity of one or more limbs is the most common disability now associated with new cases of cerebral palsy.
     
  • 45% of children with cerebral palsy also develop mild or severe epilepsy.
     
  • Of congenital disorders, CP has the highest life-term costs per new case, averaging $503,000 in 1992 dollars (approx. $650,000 in 2003 dollars).
     
  • The degree of disability with CP is: mild (24.9%), moderate (43.8%), and severe (31.3%).

    The motor disability is: diplegia (36%), hemiplegia (20.5%), and quadriplegia (40.5%).
     
  • 59% of families with a CP child have an income of less than $30,000 per year. The child's medical care costs are assisted by Medicaid in 63% of families.
     
  • 84.5%  of children with cerebral palsy receive physical therapy 6 times a month, 50% receive occupational therapy about 5 times a month and 37% see a speech therapist about 5 times a month.
     
  • A twin pregnancy results in a child with cerebral palsy 12 times more often than a singleton pregnancy. This is generally due to low birth weight and prematurity associated with twins.
     
  • Swedish data indicate that 36% of infants with CP were born at less than 28 weeks gestational age, 25% at 28-32 weeks, 2.5% at 33-38 weeks, and 37% at term (40 weeks).
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